Originally Posted by hookem
Here is the traffic plan with map/schematics:
It's actually pretty amazing how many lanes overall they have coming in/out using all the little roads and routes. I'm sure the intersections will all be controlled by traffic cops, so that should help. They are still expecting a 3+ hour wait in/out, but I'm thinking it won't be as horrible as people originally assumed.
Most highway engineers would suggest the maximum amount of traffic per lane per hour is approximately 2000 vehicles. That's in a smooth flow of traffic, not stop and go traffic. Just looking at the lanes (green arrows) entering departing the COTA parking lots, not everywhere else because the parking lots themselves is where the congestion will eventually start, there's 7 lanes available.
Some math (most favorable and unlikely) = 7 x 2000 = 14,000 vehicles per hour. Over 3 hours, at best 42,000 vehicles. I'm not even sure how many parking spaces that will be available.
Personally, I expect traffic jams like at Kentucky Speedway last year for it's first Nascar "Cup" race where ticket holders never parked, the race was over before they even got to the parking lot, and they had a freeway available all the way to the parking lots....
Good luck COTA.